One of the more significant product launches in the world of consumer electronics, the Apple iPad, is taking the world by a storm and establishing a whole new class of computer. “Magical”, “revolutionary” or, call it what you may, the Apple iPad provides value to all age groups. Apple describes its 9.7 inch tablet computing device as “The best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video. Hands down.”
I thought it was very interesting that in the line up to purchase the iPad there were several senior citizens. The touch screen and ability to change and enlarge type on screen of whatever you are reading online, including; novels, magazines, or newspapers is clearly a game changer and true sign that change has come to the world of the PC.
So what is the enterprise uptake concerning the iPad? Is it fit for business? According to AT&T there has been a surprising interest from the business community with one half of Fortune 100 companies using the device in some way. This includes companies like WellsFargo and Mercedes-Benz who believe that the iPad assists workers in being more productive. Email processing, approving shipping orders and even on the spot auto-finance are some of the activities being streamlined on the iPad by such users.
With over 3 million Apple iPads selling in just eighty days and line ups all over the world competitors like Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Cisco have put in place strategies to take advantage of the tablet craze. Cisco has just launched Cius aimed at the business customer. This tablet works on Android, has a camera (which the iPad does not) and is on open source for enhanced communication.
In turn Apple is planning the launch of its OS 4.0 this fall which will address some user concerns with the lack of multi-tasking.
So, if you are looking for something to do on a Friday night perhaps a trip to the App Store might be right to order? There are some cool games. Check out Air Hockey, Angry Birds (a funny kids game), and Cogs to name a few. This weekend I am in a card tourney with four imaginary friends (but don’t tell anyone), and then watching a movie. In short, the iPad can be described as a cool and fun consumer device designed for easily browsing the web, viewing videos, photos, mail and books and very rapidly becoming a great tool for business too.